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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-07-2014, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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front fork and spacer gap

on the fork side where the pinch bolt is should there be a gap between the spacer and the fork. maybe 1/8 inch. or does the fork need to be against it then tighten the pinch bolt.

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this is what in talking about.

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2003 kaw vn 750 pushing 40,000 miles.
tp stator
dampers
coil relay mod
other stuff not listed
mustang seat
motorcycle repair at a stealership 1 million bucks, repairs with the help of the Vulcan750 forum priceless.
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There will be a small gap until you tighten the axle but down. Go ahead and tighten up the pinch bolt to stop the axle from rotating.

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thanks just wanted to make sure it was normal.

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Theres a torque spec fer that all btw....what I do is tighten to spec, then back it off 1/4 turn (since torque specs are for new bikes)......too much binding will wear your wheel bearing prematurely....not enough can cause high speed drift along the axle....(that can mess ya up at 90)....if stuff is REALLY worn, you can get brass shims at most hardware stores...

To test, I always elevated my front wheel, spun it, and adjusted to where there was just a very slight resistance.....



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yeah the spec is 43 so i torqued it to 42. there its still a little space but I'm assuming its normal. wheel spins freely.

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That sound decent....like a mm on each side at most, right ?....ya just dont wanna put a lotta pressure on them wheel bearings.....they should be good for 100k if ya treat em right.....



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I do not know about this. I changed my front tire, but paid no attention. I assume it was standard motorcycle procedure.

If you have any space on the axle shaft/spacers after tightening, I would disassemble it and verify everything is right. Should be no space.

There should be a combination of spacers that load the inner race of the two bearings only. When assembled correctly, it should be near impossible to load the actual bearings themselves.
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But after years of wear and tear, and road grits cutting and deteriorating THE SPACERS....tell me...what can happen....hmmmm ?....I guess ya missed a few key words.........lemme guess...ya read it on yer I-Phone, lol....

Besides...theres abdolutelely NO reason to crank down on the inner race....its a well known fact that Japanese metals are inferior and can deform under stress.....so....yer saying to crank down on the inner race, deform it, thereby causing the bearing to fail.....ya....ok.....

Torque specs are meant for NEW....once something is worn, and possibly structurally compromised, you need to compensate for that....I figured you knew better....



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I would have NO space/gaps asfter tightening the front axle.
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